Veterans Day to be observed

Hey, Trojans! Happy Veterans Day to all who currently serve or who have served in our military. The Trojan Nation will honor those men and women Monday, Nov. 11 at 10:55 a.m. in the gymnasium. Veterans are invited to attend the 30-minute ceremony.

Thank you teachers and staff for hosting a successful open house and chauffeuring a successful Fall Ball dance. Thanks a bunch to students and parents for going to these events held last week.

Students, the annual school wide Thanksgiving Drive is right around the corner and what better way to give thanks than giving back to the community. The drive will last until Nov. 22. Students can donate food items to the Thanksgiving boxes in their third period classes. Only non-perishable items will be accepted. Let’s make a difference and make it possible for impoverished families to have a blessed Thanksgiving.

In scholarship news, check out our scholarship boards near the guidance counseling office. Scholarships may be available that you are applicable to, so don’t take it lightly. See Ms. Byrd in the counseling office if you have any questions.

The Jack Kent Cocke Foundation College Scholarship Program is now available. It is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. College scholars receive up to $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholar community. Learn more at Deadline to apply is Nov. 13, so act quickly.

Students, FAFSA is now open for all seniors. FAFSA is a financial aid program that helps seniors in high school enroll in the colleges of their dreams, so don’t take this too lightly. All students of any income level are required to complete FAFSA if they are intending to attend college. If you need assistance towards completing the FAFSA, please call 423-327-1600 ext. 1010 to schedule an appointment with Niswonger Care Counselor Emily Emerick.

Seniors, Nov. 14 will be a FAFSA meeting frenzy for the counseling office. Counseling will be available from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria to assist with the FAFSA completions for any seniors and parents who are having trouble setting it up. No appointment is necessary, however parents and students must bring the requested materials. Students, please bring a laptop, your social security number, your date of birth, and a copy of 2018 tax return if filed. Parents, please bring date of marriage/re-marriage/divorce/death of spouse information, an email address, your social security number, your date of birth, and tax information for 2018, including tax returns and W-2 forms.

Students, there are several community service opportunities available that can count towards your TN promise hours. A Salute to Heritage Park – Nov. 16, 10 a.m. - 7:45 p.m. at Heritage Park. Volunteers are needed for several types of tasks throughout the day. Email Vikki at to sign up. Thanksgiving – Nov. 22, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Central Services, 2450 S. Cumberland St. Help is needed sorting boxes. Students will check in at the main entrance of Central Services. There will be a sign-in sheet there for TN Promise Hours. Stop by the counseling office if you are interested.

Students, Governor’s School for the Arts applications are due in the counseling office by Nov. 20. See Ms. Byrd in the counseling office if you have any questions.

Students, yearbooks are now on sale at They will be $80 until Jan. 1, and after that they will be $90 until distributed. Parents, senior ads are also for sale in the yearbook. Senior ads can vary between $50 and $275 depending on how big of an ad you want to purchase. Senior ads are due by Nov. 15, so please make your payments by then if you are interested.

Also if you have pictures that you want to send to yearbook, please download the Image Share by Balfour App and upload then through Image Share using code: 029306.

The Morristown West swim team will compete against East High School and Sullivan Central High School in a home meet at Carson-Newman Nov. 14. Wish these athletes well as they compete this week.

Students remember we as individuals make the halls of the Trojan Nation great because of the abilities, talents, and work ethic that our classmates show. Don’t give any of these characteristics up. Instead, choose to be the one to pass these traits down to make the Trojan Nation greater as a whole.